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In physics, Schroedinger's cat is an allegory for two of the most awe-inspiring effects of quantum mechanics: entanglement and superposition. Researchers from Dresden and Munich have now observed these behaviors on a much larger scale than that of the smallest of particles.
Thermoelectric devices convert thermal energy into electricity by generating a voltage from the difference in temperature between the hot and cold parts of a device. To better understand how the conversion process occurs at the atomic scale, researchers used neutrons to study single crystals of tin sulfide and tin selenide. They measured changes that were dependent on temperature.
It might be possible to make greater use of plastic waste if a technique to change a frequently discarded plastic into a resin for 3D printing was developed.
One of the most potential energy sources for creating high-value compounds is methane, which is the primary component of shale gas, natural gas, and flammable ice. Due to methane molecules’ great symmetry and poor polarizability, it is still difficult to stimulate methane under benign circumstances.
For the next six months, a camera system on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS) will be snapping photos of more than a dozen different material samples, gathering detailed information that will help researchers determine how – and why – the harsh conditions of space affect these materials.
Dr Xuemin Du of the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences, headed a study team that discovered a new slippery material with outstanding light-induced charge regeneration capabilities, allowing photocontrol of droplets in a variety of working circumstances.
Scientists at Kyushu University have constructed a succession of molecules that prefer to head the same direction when evaporated onto a surface.
Inspired by the way termites build their nests, researchers at Caltech have developed a framework to design new materials that mimic the fundamental rules hidden in nature's growth patterns.
Writing in the journal Petroleum Exploration and Development, scientists from the China University of Petroleum in Beijing and CNPC Engineering Technology R&D Company Ltd. have explored the development of sustainable and green bio-based flat-rheology drilling fluids.